Local student wins Rams Clay Target Team scholarship


SAN ANGELO, Texas — Jett Thompson, a senior at San Angelo Central High School, has been awarded a scholarship to compete for Angelo State University’s Rams Clay Target Team when he begins his studies at ASU this fall. He accepted his scholarship at an official signing ceremony on April 23 in the ASU Junell Center.

Formed as a student organization in 2015, the Rams Clay Target Team funds up to three new scholarships per academic year with money raised at its annual Rams Reload Sporting Clay Shoot. The team recently finished as national runner-up in its division at the Association of College Unions International 2019 Collegiate Clay Target Championships in San Antonio last month.

Thompson began clay target shooting in 2010. Since then, he has won six Texas 4-H State Championships in 2011-12 and 2014-17. He has also won individual state titles in all disciplines of shotgun shooting, including American skeet and trap, Olympic skeet and trap, and sporting clays, and has twice won the Top Gun Award at the 4-H state meet. He has won age group titles at the San Antonio Livestock Show Shoot, as well as both age divisions of the Houston Young Guns Competition. He is a member of the Tom Green County 4-H Shotgun Team that has won five straight Gene Schiller Awards as the Texas club with the highest average score per shooter.

“I hope I can help ASU achieve team growth in collegiate shooting sports events,” Thompson said. “The ability to go to school, work and live in a familiar place was the primary reason I chose Angelo State University to begin my undergraduate studies. Being able to shoot on a team with people I have competed with over the past nine years is a bonus for me.”

In addition to the Rams Clay Target Team Scholarship, Thompson has earned scholarships from the Perry Echols Memorial Foundation and the San Antonio Livestock Show and Rodeo for his shooting prowess. He has also been awarded an ASU Carr Academic Scholarship.

Currently employed at Cisco Equipment, Thompson plans to keep working at Cisco while attending ASU, where he will study business and agriculture. He will wrap up his high school clay target shooting career this summer at the Texas 4-H State Championships in San Antonio.

Thompson is the second Rams Clay Target Team Scholarship recipient for 2019, joining Nicholas Billington of Mertzon.

The third annual Rams Reload Sporting Clay Shoot fundraising event is scheduled for Saturday, May 4, at the San Angelo Claybird Association range. More details on registering to participate and/or sponsor the event are available at www.angelo.edu/ramsreload.

Source: Angelo State University

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